Rebuttal to Democrat Fact Sheet
“Response to Republican “No Budget” Claim”
(Budget Staff: Dan Kowalski, ext. 4-0550)In the
attached “Fact Sheet,” Democrat
staff contends that the Senatepassed a budget with enactment of the Budget Control Act (BCA) lastAugust. Rebuttals to the
major claims follow.
The Budget Control Act enacted in August contained the budgetfor this year.
The BCA did not contain the budget for this year, but rather providesprocedures that make budget points of order operational in the absence ofa budget resolution. The BCA authorized the Chairman of the Budget
Committee to file in the Senate “appropriate budgetary levels” for purposes
of enforcing Congressional Budget Act and other budgetary points of order
“in the same manner as for a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscalyear 2012” (BCA Sec. 106).
his is colloquially known as “deeming” a
“Deemers” typically have been used to permit the
Senate to act on legislation with a budgetary impact in the absence of aconference agreement on a budget resolution passing both House andSenate. The BCA marks the first time that a deeming resolution has beenadopted in the Senate without a budget markup in the Senate BudgetCommittee.
“The Budget Control Act achieved all of the essential elements of atraditional budget.”
A budget resolution is defined in Sec. 301 of the CongressionalBudget Act as a
containing, among other things,
“totals of new budget authority and outlays,” “surplus or deficit in thebudget,” and “the public debt.” The BCA containe
d none of those basicand important budgetary aggregates, each of which would have beenknown had the Senate truly considered a budget. Unlike a traditionalbudget, the BCA deemer received no public debate prior to adoption, and isa placeholder based on Congressional Budget Office baseline estimates